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Something Fishy...

...is going on in Iran...

DUBAI (Reuters) - A fuel tank falling from an Iranian plane could have caused an explosion in Iran's Bushehr province, where the country is building a nuclear power plant, Iran state television said on Wednesday.

"A local source said the explosion could have been the result of the falling of an empty fuel tank from an Iranian plane," Al-Alam said.

The Arabic-language channel also quoted other witnesses as saying that an unknown aircraft fired a missile on Wednesday in a deserted area near the southern city of Dailam, which is in Bushehr province.

Iranian TV is buttressing the friendly fire angle, but the real unanswered question is did Israel or the US attack the nuclear facility?

That prospect seems unlikely, though if you see a story along the lines of this:


You can be pretty sure the nuclear facility was destroyed...

Paul Updates According to Reuters, one Israeli source says it was not them.

Senior Israeli security sources told Reuters news agency that Israel's military was not involved in any blast in Iran. "There was no Israeli military involvement in this," one Israeli source was quoted as saying.


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Comments (8)

Trade them a NUKE FOR A NUK... (Below threshold)
Rob Hackney:

Trade them a NUKE FOR A NUKE I SAY! We CANNOT let them THREATEN us! Imagine if Hitler had THE BOMB...and the Islamic Revolutionaries would be TEN TIMES WORSE!

I can only hope this was our president putting action behind his words.

It appears to be nothing...... (Below threshold)

It appears to be nothing... normal construction.


I know military jets can je... (Below threshold)

I know military jets can jettison spare tanks, but otherwise: Just how often DO fuel tanks "fall off" of aircraft, and explode? I live on Long Island Sound, under all kinds of NYC and Boston air traffic and never heard of such a thing. Any aviation experts out there?

One source says the errant ... (Below threshold)

One source says the errant fuel tank came from an Iranian aircraft. The next source calls it an unknown aircraft. Whatever. This sounds to me like a simple shot across the bow.

what are the odds Iran did ... (Below threshold)
Robert Little:

what are the odds Iran did it themselves as an excuse to declare war on the United States? lets face it...had it been the US...the place would be gone, no if's and's or buts

Iran doesn't want to declar... (Below threshold)

Iran doesn't want to declare war on the U.S., at least not in the literal sense.

Waging a public-relations war, though...

As Kevin says, we'll have to wait to see how it progresses.

The real reason you know it... (Below threshold)

The real reason you know it wasn't an Israeli job is the fact the facility is still standing.

It's odd that the first lin... (Below threshold)

It's odd that the first link in this post now points to a story with completely different wording. As of 10 AM (central) Thursday:

"TEHRAN (Reuters) - An explosion in south Iran, initially reported as caused by a missile, was blasting work during the construction of a dam, a senior military officer confirmed to state television on Wednesday.

"What happened was only a natural part of building work. These were heavy blasts carried out for the construction of the dam," said Ali Reza Afshar, deputy to the chief of staff of the armed forces."

Sure they were.






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